After a few years hiatus, I have decided to build a new quadcopter. It will be a Tarot 650 Sport utilizing strictly old tech stuff as it is what I'm familiar with and my needs are modest: 15 minutes endurance, a three-axis stabilized GoPro Hero 10 camera and the ability to fly/land autonomously but assume manual control as needed. I will be using an analog vtx and to assure a clear signal I have purchased a video transmitter that has switchable power levels up to 1000 mW - I expect that 600 mW will be sufficient for my needs as I don't expect to fly more than 100 yards away. I had an FAA ID which expired and so I decided that I would renew and make a concerted effort to comply with all FAA and local regulations and restrictions here in Colorado. I thought that I would document my build as well as my efforts to comply with the authorities.

I just renewed my FAA ID, but in the process I was required to take and pass a four part exam which was free and online. It was simple enough, but I have become aware that I must have a Remote ID unit, and before I fly I must check for any temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) where I plan to fly using a B4UFly app. I must also use a checklist, which seems reasonable especially given my history - I lost a quad when a bullet connector separated from one of an motor wire, and another when a propeller blade separated from the aircraft; in both cases, the flight controller wasn't robust enough to compensate for the loss of power on one motor. Anyway, so far, my impression is that the regulations are onerous and very few, if any, pilots will comply with all restrictions.

So far, I have my Recreational UAS Safety (TRUST) certificate and my FAA Certificate of Registration. I will soon begin studying to take the FCC HAM Technician exam in order to obtain a HAM license so that I can legally use my analog video transmitter. Meanwhile, I bought a Remote ID unit which will be installed on the finished aircraft. I had already developed a checklist which I will use religously. For example, before I fly I have to insure that no less than five batteries are charged. I also need to insure that I have selected the appropriate flight modes for the mission I intend to fly. It will also be prudent to go through most of the configuration parameters, such as how I want the aircraft to respond due to loss of signal, reaching an electronic fence boundary, etc.

I would appreciate any comments/feedback as I progress on this journey.

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